Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger appears in court with ‘self inflicted’ cuts on his face: Accused killer waives his right to speedy trial and will return to court in June
- Kohberger, 28, is accused of four counts of murder; he is yet to enter a plea
- The case is expected to advance from magistrate court to division court in June
- A Latah County Sheriff’s Deputy said Kohberger’s scratches were ‘accidental’
- Once that has happened, Kohberger will enter a plea on the charges
- Today, he waived his right to a speedy trial during the brief court appearance
Accused Idaho killer Bryan Kohberger appeared in court today with a scratched face as he waived his right to a speedy trial.
The 28-year-old will return to court in Moscow on June 26 – six months from now – for a preliminary hearing.
He requested the gap in court proceedings – waiving his right to a timely hearing – to allow his attorneys more time to learn more about prosecutors’ case against him.
As he took his seat, scratches along the left side of his chin were clearly visible. It’s unclear how he sustained the scratches.
A deputy from the Latah County Jail told DailyMail.com that the cuts were ‘accidental’, and that Kohberger inflicted them on himself.
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Accused Idaho killer Bryan Kohberger appeared in court today with a scratched face as he waived his right to a speedy trial
Bryan Kohberger enters court in Idaho on Thursday January 12 wearing an orange prison t-shirt
The 28-year-old will return to court in Moscow on June 26 – six months from now – for a preliminary hearing. He has not yet entered a plea
‘It’s not a reportable incident, that’s all I can say,’ the deputy said.
Kohberger waived his right to a speedy trial today and was held without bail following a brief court appearance.
Kohberger’s attorneys previously said he denied the killings, but he has not yet entered a plea.
So far, Kohberger has only appeared before judges in Idaho’s magistrate court division.
If the case progresses to trial – which it is expected to – it will be moved to the district division, which is reserved for more serious offenses.
The hearing in June will determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to the division court.
Once it has, Kohberger will be asked to enter a plea.
Kohberger did not speak at the hearing today aside from answering ‘yes’ and ‘no’ when asked by the judge if he understood the process, and whether he needed more time to speak with his attorney.
‘Mr Kohberger understands his right to a timely preliminary hearing, and he’s willing to waive the timeliness to allow us time to obtain discovery in this case,’ his lawyer. public defender Anne Taylor, said.
His appearance came as a neighbor revealed that he’d asked him about the murders back in November, and commented on the fact that police had ‘no leads.’
Kohberger, 28, is accused of murdering Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin on November 13 in the quiet, college town of Moscow, Idaho